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POLL: Should We Incorporate?

With news that the residents of Brookhaven will vote this July to possibly become a city, does that option hold interest with residents of the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area?

After that will allow the residents of Brookhaven to vote July 31 on whether they will become a city, North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch wondered if this got any of our residents interested in incorporation.

Do you think services would improve? Would it help the area gain its own identity? Which communities could become cities or towns? Or is it too expensive and too much of a burden? Tell us in the comments section below.

Herman Lorenz April 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
With much of the northern part of the county in their own cities, we're going to be more and more marginalized by DeKalb County.
David Bloome April 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
No - that's all we need is an additional overhead and additional city tax. Leave me unicorporated thank you.
mcatl April 18, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Bloome: Please understand the tax issue. The taxes will transfer not increase. You pay for City services in Unincorporated now: police/fire/planning. I wish people knew facts before they posted facts! New City Schools County City Unincorporated Schools County General Fund County City Services Fund
John Davis April 18, 2012 at 08:05 PM
From my understanding, property tax money would be taken from unincorporated Dekalb County when districts within the county become cities. That means those of us remaining in the unincorporated regions would either have reduced services or pay higher taxes. John Davis
mcatl April 18, 2012 at 08:08 PM
http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/peachtree-corners-new-government-1421424.html
Tom Doolittle April 19, 2012 at 02:58 AM
what "we"? Druid Hills? Druid/Clairmont? Toco Hill? I suppose I can see a Brookhaven community with a natural center near the MARTA station--but what would the population that reads this website see as the city boundaries? Where would the city hall be located--in a suburban strip center or 1970s era office park? Whats the cultural history we would celebrate? Where are the civic leadership organizations, aside from some neighborhood assocations and Kiwanis clubs? Can the "big gun" church leaders, the most powerful networks in the area, lead this thing? What's the mission, the definition of the city--aside from "get away from the county"? What's the economic engine? The Tucker leaders had some serious reservations about forming a city--and that town is a natural, with a center, a history and huge manufacturing base. We should take heed.
mcatl April 19, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Here is the tax breakdown: Unincorporated: Schools County Genreal Fund County City Services (Planning/police/fire) City: Schools County: General Fund City: City Services: Planning/Police/Fire The unincorporated areas would have less people, and require less services. Less police, less fire, less garbage services, and so on. Dekalb County would have to cut staff to match its new reality. it's not like this is some new idea. Decutur is a city for example! In the end local control of money for sidewlaks, street resurfacing, zoning control, etc.
mcatl April 20, 2012 at 01:12 PM
what the choice is: is utilizing tax money for locally-based improvements (like a cid) or transfer local tax dollars eleswhere in Dekalb. Really it comes down to, do you want to look more like Hilton Head or strip mall central (no trees, no sidewlaks, no signage ordiances that are implemented or followed)... Why do you think Sandy springs wanted to be a City for so long...beacuse dollar for dollar they were not getting resurfaced streets/sidewalks/paths and parks for example. And north Dekalb is so separted from South Dekalb. Been to Stonecrest Mall lately? Thought not!
E K Clark April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I agree with Tom. Unless we could have our own school system like Decatur it wouldn't be worth it.
Tom Doolittle April 23, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The answer for "Dissing DeKalb" (new organization and bumper sticker on the way) is annexation into a city that's been around a while and has an exciting urban future. Those in Buckhead seem to like Atlanta OK--altho the leaders there have to keep the city on their toes. BTW--I have said repeatedly that the Druid/Emory move from the Congressional 4th to Atlanta's 5th was the first step toward Atlanta annexing the area. BTW--it will become obvious to the People of Druid that this is the way to go as Atlanta's next great era begins and Dekalb continues to slip into a sewer.

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